Medical bags are indispensable in healthcare, facilitating the safe storage and transfer of essential fluids, from blood to medications. Polyvinyl chloride, or PVC, is the leading material in this domain with a market share of +80%. Medical PVC bags include blood bags, IV bags, dialysis bags, and urine bags.
PVC is the only material able to meet the stringent standards for blood bags, ensuring safe storage of red blood cells for up to 49 days. The long storage is a crucial aspect for Europe's blood supply, especially for those with rare blood types. PVC medical bags are also recyclable and being collected for recycling in many countries in Europe and beyond.